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PM: 800 Kemas pre-schools to be digitalised



SERDANG: About 800 Community Development Department (Kemas) preschools will be digitized, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said that Kemas has not yet gone digital, although several ministries and government agencies have gone digital.

“We will start with an allocation of RM8mil as requested by the CEO. I have agreed (to the request),” he said during his speech at the Kemas assembly held in conjunction with his 60th anniversary here on Sunday (Aug 28).

READ ALSO: Ministry will equip 700 Kemas kindergartens with Internet facilities

He said the initiative will be expanded to cover all preschools in Kemas.

There are about 11,000 preschools under Kemas across the country.

He also said that there were many preschools in Kemas that were dilapidated and poorly maintained. He said some didn’t even have their own building.

“A lot of changes are needed. I have informed the minister (Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid) that there has to be a clear long-term plan to upgrade the Kemas pre-school buildings,” he said.

Ismail Sabri has also accepted in principle some other Kemas proposals.

This includes increasing allowances for Community Development Assistants from RM500 to RM800. A total of 9,439 staff members will benefit from the measure.

READ ALSO: Kemas closes 180 preschools and nurseries

Ismail Sabri also agreed to increase the monthly living allowance for the Association of Former Members of Kemas Malaysia (PBKAM) from RM300 to RM500.

He said the government will also seek to shorten the time needed for contract staff to become permanent from 15 to 10 years.

Apart from that, Ismail Sabri also agreed with the proposal for promotional jumps for employees in certain grades.

Also present at the event were Mahdzir and the Director General of the Department of Public Services, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafiq Abdullah.

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Selangor Sultan grants audience to Anwar



PETALING JAYA: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor granted an audience to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Istana Bukit Kayangan, Shah Alam.

The matter was announced in a post on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page on Tuesday (Dec 6).

Anwar was appointed prime minister on November 24, the publication added.

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Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’



PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.

PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.

There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.

On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had

asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.

Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.

Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.

Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.

Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.

A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.

On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.

“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.

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Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin



PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.

“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).

Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.

He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.

He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.

“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.

“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.

There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.

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